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    University of Tennessee Pharmacy Student Sues School Over Discipline for Social Media Posts

    Kimberly Diel, a University of Tennessee pharmacy student, recently filed a first amendment lawsuit against the school, alleging the university expelled her because she posted on her private, personal social accounts the school deemed too sexual.  The pharmacy school complained that this was “unprofessional.”  It is all too common that professional schools or special programs claim a greater right to…

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    Syracuse University Can’t Hide Student Advisor Records Simply by Assigning “Therapists” To Be Advisors: Lessons for Accused Students and Victims Alike

    Read the decision: Order to Disclose Campus Advisor Records The US District Court for the Northern District of New York has just ordered Syracuse University to hand over the records of a campus “advisor” who gave procedural advice to the complainant in its Title IX proceedings after the judge found that portions showed the disciplinary proceedings were “procedurally unfair and…

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    What Happens If You Get Charged With Student Misconduct?

    As a student at the university level, conduct is as important as academic excellence. While you are on your journey to becoming a professional and an adult, you may have found yourself in a situation that warrants learning more about student misconduct. Unfortunately, situations arise where a student fails to meet the ethical standards or code of conduct put in…

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    High School Opts to Segregate Swimmers by Sex, Risks Violating Title IX

    In February, a male swimmer from Fishers, Indiana was allowed to compete in the state swimming championship meet despite three accusations of sexual harassment by female members of his own swim team. At most high schools, boys’ and girls’ swimming teams practice together and compete at the same meets. But the reason he was allowed back into the pool was…

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    Parent Guide: You and Your Student’s Right to Information

    Federal Law Gives Your Student the Right to His or Her Student File Be aware of both your rights and their limitations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If you are familiar with FERPA in the context of grade school and high school, things change in college. Parental rights under FERPA terminate when the student becomes a…

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    Victims Demand Due Process Rights in Title IX Cases

    Marshall University of West Virginia has settled a lawsuit with a former freshman student who alleged that the university’s Title IX judiciary bungled her complaint of a rape that occurred in her residence hall. A witness, also in the room, corroborated the student’s account that she withdrew consent by repeatedly telling her assailant to stop. He told her, “you just…

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    Professors May Not Be Prepared to Address Bias and Discrimination Among Students

    A study conducted every three years by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute shows that professors throughout the United States are deeply concerned about discrimination and bias on campus. At the same time, the HERI survey shows that professors do not believe they are prepared to deal with these kinds of conflicts among their students. This is a volatile combination. Universities…

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    Title IX, Codes of Conduct May Conflict With First Amendment On Campus

      Colleges and universities often walk a fine line when it comes to free speech. Institutes of higher education promote themselves as places where students go to debate and refine ideas and opinions. Ideally, this creates an enriching experience for all involved. But many schools place limits on acceptable discourse in an effort to encourage civility and respect. “Speech codes”…

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